Baseball Roundup: 6-Foot-11 Pitcher Sean Hjelle Will Take Kentucky To The Top

  • Rick Chandler


Sean Hjelle is college baseball’s Madison Bumgarner, only without the axe and the dirt bike and the beard. OK he’s nothing like Bumgarner, except for his presence on the mound.

Hjelle is 6-foot-11, and no, the University of Kentucky sophomore does not play basketball (despite Calipari’s pitiful and humiliating pleas. He averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota). But his first passion is baseball, and he’s good at it.

After throwing 107 pitches in a 6-4 win over Ohio on Friday in the Lexington Regional semis, Hjelle came back on just two days’ rest and went the final 3 1/3 innings in Kentucky’s 10-5 win over North Carolina State on Monday, as the Wildcats advanced to their first-ever Super Regional berth. Hjelle (pronounced “jelly”) had a line of 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K on 10 batters faced.

Hjelle, 9-2 with a 1.90 ERA this season, was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, with 88 strikeouts in 81 innings.

Meanwhile, in West Covina, CA …

So the police station is not the best place to take batting practice, as it turns out.

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You should go there.

Elsewhere in college baseball regional action …

Wizard Cat defensive play of the day

Wizard Cat gives this play: seven wands.

That’s it for monday, folks